Patent Basics for Inventors, Entrepreneurs, and Startups

Join Mindy Bickel of the US Patent and Trademark Office and Peter Thurlow of Jones Day for a discussion about what all inventors, entrepreneurs, small businesses, and start-ups should know about patents and the patent process.

Mindy Bickel will provide an in-depth discussion relating to all aspects of the patenting process, including the types of patents, the parts of a patent application, the examination process, claims analysis with respect to novelty and obviousness, and the office action.

Peter Thurlow, coordinator of Jones Day's global patent prosecution group, will provide insight into the role of the patent attorney.

Mr. Thurlow is a patent attorney and partner at Jones Day law firm in New York. He has significant experience in all aspects of domestic and international patent prosecution, including post-grant reissue, ex parte, and inter partes reexamination proceedings. As a patent prosecution attorney, his experience includes drafting, filing, and prosecuting United States patent cooperation treaties and international patent applications. Mr. Thurlow received his bachelor's degree in marine engineering from the United States Merchant Marine Academy; his master's in business administration from Pace University in New York; and his law degree from Brooklyn Law School. Mr. Thurlow is serving his first term as a PPAC member.

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